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Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is demanding Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives penetrated Florida’s election systems ahead of this year’s crucial election.
Scott, who is is running against Nelson in November’s midterm elections, during a campaign stop in Tampa, demanded his opponent provide “evidence for his claims,” of Kremlin-linked hackers infiltrating’s the state’s election systems. “This cannot be swept under the rug,” said Scott. “Bill Nelson must come clean and provide a thorough explanation. Elections are not something to try to scare people about.”
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“Either Bill Nelson knows of crucial information the federal government is withholding from Florida elections officials, or he is simply making things up,” added Scott. “Did Nelson illegally release some classified information? Or did he make this charge of Russian penetration up?”
Nelson earlier in the week claimed that Russians were able to get inside the election systems of “certain counties” and “now have free rein to move about.” He added that “the threat is real and elections officials — at all levels — need to address the vulnerabilities.”
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The senator, who is the ranking member of the cyber subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has yet to provide additional details, alleging such information is classified.
Florida officials pushed back forcefully against Nelson’s comments, stating they had “zero information” to back up allegations of Russian election interference. Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee demanding “immediate transparency and cooperation” in sharing any information about new hacking efforts.
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When pressed on the matter, Nelson responded, “I hope the appropriate federal officials find a way to immediately provide them all the information they can to protect our elections.”
Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Sara Sendek said in a statement Wednesday: “While we are aware of Senator Nelson’s...
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